Gems & Minerals – Beryl

Types of Beryl : Pastel Pink Beryl-Morganite; Blue Beryl-Aquamarine; Red Beryl-Bixbite; Yellow or Brown Beryl- Heliodor; Green Beryl- Emerald; Colorless Beryl-Goshenite; Golden Yellow Beryl- Golden Yellow; Pure Beryl – Colorless

General Description – Beryl is a 6 sided individual crystal.  It is most highly prized for it’s green form of Emerald.  Manganese impurities in flat tabular crystals in pink form Morganite.

General Location – The different varieties of Beryl are found in various localities around the world and are often named for the regions or people who found them.  Morganite is often found in alluvial deposits in California and Madagascar.  Emerald’s are most prevalent in Africa and rich deposits of Aquamarine are found in Brazil, Persia, and Africa.  Goshenite is found in the United States and other forms of Beryl have been discovered in Brazil, Columbia, S. Africa, Tanzania, Australia, Austria, India and in the USA.

General History – Beryl is one of the oldest recorded stones with mines in Egypt producing Emeralds for Cleopatra. Clear Goshenite Beryl was used for spectacles for Roman Emperor Nero.  The name Beryl comes from the ancient Greek “beryllos” a word referring to the blue-green of sea water.  In other references it is also noted that the name may have originated from the ancient trading city of Belur.  Still other sources refer to the German word “Brille”.

General Folklore & Metaphysical Qualities – Beryl is said to promote energy and is used for the healing of breathing disorders and throat problems.  It is noted to increase retention of information and as a study aide. Some feel it can be used to bring rain.

Care – Beryls are sensitive to heat and chemicals.

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